The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, January 16, 1931


Fire Destroys Farm Home of Gilder Chupp

            Mr. and Mrs. Gilder CHUPP lost their household effects in a fire which destroyed the old St. Clair homestead three miles southwest of De Leon, last Friday morning at about 10:00 o’clock.  The CHUPPs had gone to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McCHAREN, a couple of miles away where Mr. CHUPP was at work.  Before leaving they removed the fire from the fireplace carefully, Mr. CHUPP stated, and he was at a loss to know how the fire started, unless it could have been from soot burning in the chimney.

            Neither Mr. CHUPP nor Mrs. St. CLAIR had any insurance, the Free Press understands.  The place has been owned and was occupied by the St. CLAIR family for many years.  Mrs. St. CLAIR will buy another house and move to the place soon, it is said.


De Leon Girls Participate in Public Recitals

            Miss Louise LESTER and Miss Launa FRETWELL, both of De Leon, had a part in the second of a series of public recitals given Monday evening by the School of Fine Arts of Texas Christian University.

            Nine other students, the T.C.U. Orchestra and the T.C.U. Girls  Quartet also appeared on the program.

            Both Miss LESTER and Miss FRETWELL played piano solos.  The former played “Witches’ Dance,” by Mac Dowell, and the latter, “Humoresque,” by Rachmaninoff.


Rev. Bedford Smith is New Pastor at Christian Church

            Rev. Bedford SMITH, who has pastured the First Christian church at Albany the past year, has come to De Leon upon call of the local congregation, and will be located here as pastor.  Reports from Albany indicate that he did a very constructive work there, his efforts being particularly fruitful among the young people.

            Rev. SMITH ministered for two years at the Bruchell Christian Church, Ft. Worth, now the Vaughn Blvd. Church, during which time this church increased in membership from 79 to 195, and the church otherwise strengthened and built up.  Mr. SMITH has also ministered at Smithville and Uvalde.

            Mr. SMITH was born near Mabank, Texas, studied at Texas Christian University and is unmarried.  He is residing for the present in the homes of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. COX and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff PEAK, alternately.


C.H. McCurdy Has Odd Accident on Cisco Road

            Monday, January 11th when C.H. McCURDY was returning from Carbon he had the misfortune of burning out a bearing in his truck some six miles west of Gorman.  Arthur STEPHENS came along and hitched Mr. McCURDY's truck to his car and was pulling him in.  It is supposed some part of the truck became disconnected and the back came loose and turned over.  Mr. McCURDY was painfully cut and bruised as the wrecked car was dragged some distance before Mr. STEPHENS knew about the accident.  He was rushed to the Sanitarium at Gorman where he received treatment, and is recovering nicely.


Mrs. M.D. Hornsby Died at Downing

            Texie Ann GOODSON was born June 14, 1858, in Macon county, Ala.  She was married on March 30, 1879, to M.D. HORNSBY.  To their union were born nine children, eight sons and one daughter.  Two sons are dead.  All the children of this good woman were present in the home when the end came.

            Mrs. HORNSBY had been ill of high blood pressure for a number of years, but her death was not expected until a short time before she passed away.  She died at 10:30 o'clock Saturday evening.

            Coming from Alabama in 1904, the HORNSBY family had lived at Downing since then.  Mrs. HORNSBY was a member of the Baptist church from girlhood, and about 15 years ago became a member of the Primitive Baptist church here at De Leon, continuing in this faith until death.  The funeral was from the Baptist church at Downing Monday afternoon, January 12, and burial was at Downing cemetery.

            Besides her faithful husband, Mrs. HORNSBY is survived by the following sons, W.D., M.D., Arlo, J.G., and Bluford HORNSBY of Downing and De Leon community, and G.C. HORNSBY, manager of the A. & P. store at Dublin, and one daughter, Mrs. R.L. PIRTLE, of Tahoka.


Solomon – Coan

            Mr. L.A. SOLOMON and Miss Lucile COAN were happily united in the holy bonds of matrimony Sunday evening at 2:30 o’clock at the home of her uncle, Mr. J.H. DAWKINS, De Leon, Route 2.  The bride is the charming young daughter of Mr. S.W. COAN.  The groom is a prosperous young man of the Sand Hill community, being employed on the farm.  Their friends are numbered by the scores.  Those present to witness the marriage were:  Mr. and Mrs. J.H. DAWKINS and family, Mr. and Mrs. A.L. JENKINS and family, Mr. J.L. CLEMENTS, Mr. and Mrs. Dan FRAZIER, Uncle Mancel JENKINS, Hugh COAN and Mildred NELSON, Ardie WILLIAMS and Ophelia RANDOLPH, George LEDFORD and Minnie FISHER, George SKAGGS, T.P. CASUIT, Bill SOLOMON.  After the wedding Mr. and Mrs. SOLOMON motored to Cisco accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Dan FRAZIER where they are employed.

            The happy couple will make their home in the Sand Hill community with many friends surrounding them who wish them a long and happy life. –Contributed



Sannie and Willie HANCOCK, of Houston, were visiting the past week in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HANCOCK.

Mrs. J. Brown CUTBERTH of Houston, has visited for some time in the home of her sister, Mrs. H.G. TERRILL.

Thursday, January 7th, W.S. BLACK happened to the painful accident of breaking a rib.  As he stepped on the fender of his car, his foot slipped and he fell against a spare casing on the side of his car.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence AISHMON and family have returned from Hobbs, New Mexico.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark JORDAN and family of San Hosea [San Jose?], Calif., are now guests of his sister, Mrs. J. Matt ROSE and family.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. PIRTLE and two children, of Tahoka, were here this week attending the funeral and burial of Mrs. PIRTLE's mother, Mrs. M.D. HORNSBY.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd MERRITT and daughter, Gayle, of Austin, were weekend guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dow MERRITT and family.

Mrs. Wayne MULLOY was here  this week visiting her father and other relatives.  Following the death of her husband on December 26, she expected to return here, but has decided to continue to make her home at Colorado, she stated.

A baby girl whose name is Bernie Sue, arrived at  the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank LANCASTER Sunday, January the 10th.


Oliver Springs

Except for a few cases of sickness, this community seems to have started the New Year off right.  Some few have been out of school on account of colds and light cases of flu.  But attendance is fairly good at the present.  Much moving has been taking place in the community for the last month.  Several students have withdrawn from school to go to other communities, but these are coming in to take their places.

The honor roll for the third month of school, which is somewhat late, is as follows:  1st grade: Roy Hammond HILL, Loa Bell COGBURN, Edna Mae DOMINY, L.V. MAUNY, Wynell BAIRD, Maurice ECHOLS, James WARREN.

4th Grade: Willie Velle HILLE

5th Grade: L.C. ECHOLS, Kermit PRINGLE.

6th Grade:  Carmen BAIRD



Misses Oma and Ethel BEATY, who are working in De Leon, spent the week-end in this community.

Mr. O. BEATY, of Loraine, spent the week-end with his sisters, Mrs. Mentie YOUNG and Mrs. Leo SMITH.

Mr. and Mrs. BAILEY, who have lived near De Leon the past two years, are moving to Kaufman Co.  Mr. and Mrs. BAILEY formerly lived here and were visitors of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. BAILEY Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe KELLEY of Dublin spent part of last week with Mr. and Mrs. Roy KELLEY and daughter, Miss LaVoyce.

Miss Gwendola CLIFTON, of Hobbs, New Mexico, is visiting her grandmother, Mrs. M. SMITH.



Little John Edward GRISHAM has been sick this week but is doing better now.

Mr. WILKERSON has been sick this week, but he is improving now.

Little Juanita FLATT has been sick this week with flu.

There was no church Saturday or Saturday night, but there was preaching Sunday morning by Rev. W.L. SKAGGS.  There was a very good attendance at the B.Y.P.U. Sunday. 

There were two new enrollments in school this week.  They were Glen and Mavis GRISSOM.  There are two boys of this school which received the reading certificate.  They were Jack DAVIS and Theron FLATT. 

Mr. D.T. FLATT visited Mr. and Mrs. W.T. FLATT and family.



Mrs. A.H. TURNEY of Gustine visited her father here the past week.

Mrs. Lewis BRUMBELOW and father, Miss HULET, and Aunt Martha BRUMBLEY, visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. MAUNEY’s on their 40th wedding anniversary, at which time a big turkey was served in honor of the occasion.



Mr. and Mrs. W.T. HAZZARD returned a few days ago from Whitsett where they spent several days visiting their son, Rouble and his family.

Mr. and Mrs. J.N. BOYKIN are the parents of a baby boy, born Jan. 6.  The little fellow has been named Oscar Newton.

Mrs. Maggie LYLES and son, John of Dallas, visited last week with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. F.G. GILCHREST.

Mr. and Mrs. Wade COMAN moved last week to Brownwood, where they will make their home.

Louise CAFFEY is suffering from an attack of the flu.

E.E. BELYEW and family have moved this week from Haase to the Comyn School Community.

Mrs. Jesse BARNES, who has been quite ill for several days, is reported improving.



O.S. ROBBINS has been appointed as trustee of this school for the unexpired term of W.R. GUTHREY who has moved away.

Maurine MOORE has been on the sick list this week.

Rufus DUKE and family have moved to the farm in this community owned by his father and known as the DUKE home place.  It was upon this farm that the discovery well in the Desdemona oil field was opened, and reason of burning several hours widely advertised itself.  Mr. DUKE lived in this community when a boy and has many friends here who welcome him back.

C.H. WYNN and family will farm the J.B. WILSON place this year and Mr. WYNN will continue as foreman of the Sinclair interests in this section.

Mrs. W.L. MOORE who has been sick for some time is improving and her friends hope for her to recover health soon.

Mr. and Mrs. John MOONEY will celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary this week.  They will have with them Rev. W.M. LINDLEY of Eastland who performed their marriage ceremony forty years ago.  Other friends and relatives will be with them that day.



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